Gizmodo Australia notes that it is their:
” understanding that personnel at JB Hi-Fi stores have been told to pull the AirTags from sale effective immediately. The reason has not been specified. A supervisor at one store told Gizmodo Australia that they have not been advised precisely regarding why, but that it was due to a safety reason and that JB Hi-Fi is currently working it out with Apple.”
A Big W representative told the publication that orders of the AirTags have actually been put on time out pending an examination into their safety.
Apple could revamp packaging in Australia
” comprehending that personnel at JB Hi-Fi shops have been informed to pull the AirTags from sale effective immediately. A manager at one store informed Gizmodo Australia that they have actually not been advised precisely as to why, but that it was due to a security reason and that JB Hi-Fi is currently working it out with Apple.”
Button batteries are a source of excellent dispute in Australia. A story for Australias ABC news outlet explains them as “Landmines in the lounge room.”
Apple has stated its AirTags conform to essential safety standards. In a statement, it said that:
” AirTag is developed to meet international child safety standards, including those in Australia, by needing a 2 action push-and-turn system to access the user-replaceable battery. We are following the guidelines closely and are working to make sure that our products will fulfill or surpass brand-new requirements, consisting of those for package labelling, well ahead of the timeline needed.”
Despite this, Apple is supposedly planning to “update the AirTags packaging and warnings in Australia” to abide by rules entering force in 2022.
More merchants in Australia are reportedly removing Apples location-tracking AirTags from their racks. This connects to concerns that the trackers small button batteries might be swallowed by children.
Previously today, workplace provider retail huge Officeworks suspended sales of the AirTag. Now other Australian retailers– including JB Hi-Fi and Big W– have apparently followed match.
JB Hi-Fi has 303 stores. In 2018, it was ranked as the joint-seventh biggest electronics and house appliance seller on the planet. Big W is a chain of discount department stores with around 183 outlets. Both chains presently list the AirTags as being out of stock.
Button batteries provide terrific dispute in Australia. This is due to numerous high-profile deaths of children due to ingesting these miniature batteries. A story for Australias ABC news outlet explains them as “Landmines in the lounge space.”
Twenty Australian children are required to the emergency space each week due to swallowing button batteries.
AirTags are triggering issues over their security. Image: Apple